About the Photographer
While growing up in New Zealand, Eiko acquired his first SLR camera at the age of fourteen. He quickly discovered his passion for capturing images of animals, especially birds, in their natural habitat. During extensive trips along the West Coast of British Columbia and Alaska in the early 1990’s, his focus shifted to coastal landscapes above and below the waterline.
The catalyst that drew Eiko deeper into underwater photography were two shark diving expeditions in 2011.
Whether exploring the ocean or alternate bodies of water, such as marshes and rivers, Eiko has developed a dramatic style in which he celebrates the corners of our world which are seldom seen. He captures the surreal through constant awareness of lighting and unique angles. He has won awards and has been published in numerous international magazines, including National Geographic, British Columbia Magazine, Diver, People! , Submerge, Ducks Unlimited, and Orion. His Fine Art Photography has also has also been sold around the world. While a big part of his work focuses on Salmon and local watershed issues, other underwater and topside subjects round out his collection. Eiko is a proud member of the OCEAN ARTISTS SOCIETY.
I am overwhelmed at times about how beautiful the world I am surrounded by is. I am passionate about sharing this Pacific Northwest beauty with everyone! Through artistic and dramatic imagery, I endeavor to offer people a glance of that world, whether they live in a big city condo or have no ability to experience the world below or the out in nature. My work is all about drawing attention to the entire environment and watersheds, from the mountaintops all the way down and into our vast but fragile oceans.
Because of my photographic work with wild salmon, I see firsthand the importance of a healthy environment. Vibrant wild salmon runs are one of the first things to diminish as encroachment and pollution affect a river. But there is hope, with people aware of ways to protect and help waterways, the salmon often bounce back once things are better again. I look to the resilience of wild salmon as a great example of the balance of life itself. Nature will achieve a balance if given a chance.